Our People

Our Staff

CEL’s directors, designers and administrative staff are based in our offices close to Manchester Airport.

Brendan Murden

Managing Director

Extensive experience of helping organisations, mainly in the public sector, improve their performance. Consulting with leaders and senior teams, he helps them revisit and refine their strategy, identify key issues, plan for and drive change.

Ann Dering

Design and Development Director

Translated Dr Gerard Egan’s key change concepts into leadership and organisational development processes which underpin all CEL’s work. She has designed academic consultancy programmes and works with clients in the UK and Europe.

Andrea Gerrish

Business Director

Responsible for CEL’s business, commercial and management processes. She manages large scale change programmes and is a member of the consultancy team working on nation and international projects. Accredited by HayGroup to give 360˚ feedback.

Bridget Blanchard

Design Consultant

Responsible for developing the learning materials and work-based activities underpinning CEL’s core and bespoke programmes. Bridget also undertakes research to ensure CEL’s work is evidenced-based and informed by current practice.

Tracy Morris

Consultancy Coordinator and PA to Managing Director

Responsible for the management and administration of CEL’s bespoke consultancy projects.

Barbara Fisher

Key Client Account Coordinator

Responsible for the management of CEL’s regional and local leadership programmes and workshops.


Our work is supported by a team of skilled associates. They come from a variety of sectors, but all have had successful careers at senior management level.

John Tizard

An independent strategic adviser, non-executive director and commentator on devolution and ‘place’. He founded the Centre for Public Service Partnerships, at Birmingham University, which transferred to the Local Government Information Unit in 2010.

Fiona Butt

She is a qualified teacher and a former police Chief Inspector. She has extensive experience of leadership development and coaching, working with senior staff across education and public services. Accredited by HayGroup to give 360˚ feedback.

Steve McGuirk

Former Chief Fire Officer for Greater Manchester. Currently Chair of Warrington & Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust. Consulted internationally on the redesign of blue light services. Advises on the renewal and reconceptualization of public services.

Sue Cross

She has been a headteacher of a large inner city junior school and a university tutor. She is an associate of the National College for Teaching and Leadership and works extensively with Headteachers across the north-west of England.

David Sibbit

A former secondary Head and additional Headteacher for a school in difficulties. Currently coordinates leadership activities in the Western Lakes and facilitates leadership and change programmes with teaching school alliances and partnerships.